Goodwood Revival, held in the UK is the only historic race event to be staged entirely in period dress, recreating the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be, the Goodwood Motor Circuit comes alive for Revival, both on and off the historic track.
I am lucky to be sharing with you some first-hand knowledge, no I unfortunately am not attending this year (although we would LOVE to go!) however a friend Ken Albery is there right now providing mechanical support with Mark Wilson for David Kent who is racing his Lynx T3 formula junior which he took to the UK for the 2018 Goodwood Revival Meeting, all the way from the Blue Mountains, Australia.
David and his team are currently enjoying this experience and doing their best on unknown tracks in 19 days of historic racing in the Goodwood Chester Cup. Good luck gentlemen!
While the racing sets the tone of the event, styling has become as important as the cars on the track. From the glamour of the naughty ‘40s, via the fabulous ‘50s to the swinging ‘60s, a day out at the Revival also means the treat of dressing up in authentic and reproduction period clothing. The Revival is a place where era of fashion is not just the norm – it is celebrated and cherished.
Although not compulsory, the vast majority of guests choose to embrace the theme to complement the 300 actors and actresses on-site dressed in full vintage regalia. If dressed more present than past, many guests flock to the many market stalls for a quick outfit change and to recreate the authentic Revival look hair and make-up salons and barbers (who I am happy to report offer a traditional wet shave and hot towel packages to haircuts and moustache trims!) ready for the day.
While all vintage (original and reproduction) is welcomed, the Goodwood Revival is very much a British celebration and dressing appropriately earns guests a place on the best dressed shortlist in the Fashion Competition. No Elvis or Austin Powers costumes here!
There is plenty of options for us ladies, choose your favourite era and select a decade! Due to wartime rationing the 40’s saw a lot of tailoring and tea dresses. At the end rationing the 50’s enjoyed full skirts and voluminous petticoats and the 60’s were all about daring trends with dresses and skirts going a lot shorter and skimpier!
Most gentlemen for the Revival adopt the 40’s, following the Second World War, which herald an era of debonair style offering a myriad of dressing options. Dapper officers’ uniforms, baggy suits complete with braces, country tweeds accompanied by a trilby – moustache optional or the ever-popular driver / mechanic look (as per The Team’s photo) always remains a favourite.
The children at the Revival tend to look like they’ve stepped off the pages of Enid Blyton story. Sunday best for the kids! lliterally an age away from hooded tops and tracksuits, you will often see kids dressed in suits, dresses, as a racing driver or pilot. Dressing up is always fun for children, even more so when the adults join in!
A BIG thank you to Ken for sharing his experience with us and for these wonderful photo’s.
Images: Ken Albery